Planning & Economic Development

The Department of Town Planning and Economic Development manages a wide range of tasks, including implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, preparation of grant applications, review and processing of Planning Board applications, preparation of bid documents, project management, and administration of Spencer Trust programs. 


The Economic Development Officer is the main point of contact for applicants requiring Town approvals, such as liquor licenses, sign permits, A-frame signs, commercial developments, etc. 


New Planning Initiatives

  • Municipal Resilience Program. Read the summary report from the recent Community Resilience Building workshop held for Barrington and Warren.

  • Walker Farm Resilience and Recreation Improvements. Conceptual master plan for Walker Farm includes shoreline restoration, establishment of wetlands and improved recreational facilities for "people-powered" watercraft and other users. 

FYI: Know your rights. Discrimination under Fair Housing Act


How Your Rights May Have Been Violated

  • Discrimination in renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance, or engaging in other housing-related activities


For more, go to:

Comprehensive Community Plan

Comprehensive Plan Amendments (2019)


Summary: Amendments add Appendix IIA - "Developer Guidance for Allin's Cove and Former O'Bannon Mill Sites, applicable to Lots 109 and 154 on Assessor's Plat 2. Revisions to other elements in the Comprehensive Plan were made to cross-reference the addition of Appendix IIA:


  • Housing & Neighborhoods Element - pp 18 and 22

  • Land Use - Page 147

  • Future Land Use Map (Map LU-6) - Adding Cottage Community as a land use category, applied to the two parcels

  • Zoning-Future Land Use Analysis Map (Map LU-7) - Identifying the two parcels as eligible for Cottage Community zone, subject to consistency with Appendix IIA

  • Implementation element - Table 1 (p. 151), Table 9 (p. 179), Table 9A (p. 181) 


Barrington Comprehensive Community Plan (Approved 2015)


State approval of the current plan expires on May 10, 2025.

Continuing Care Retirement Community at the Former Zion Bible Institute Campus

Latest information on the plans for a CCRC at the former Zion Bible Institute campus:

For copies or additional information, please contact Phil Hervey at (401) 247-1900 x7 or

Palmer Pointe Neighborhood
Home Repair Program

The Town makes available to income-qualified homeowners zero interest loans that are forgiven after five years if the house has not been sold. Eligible projects include roof replacements, heating system replacements, windows and doors, handicap-accessibility projects, etc. For information about applying for a Home Repair Loan, please contact Debra Page-Trim - or 247-1900 x365.

Please note it is illegal to discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. More information about Fair Housing: 

Planning Forms & Documents

Click here for planning documents and Planning Board and Technical Review Committee application forms, checklists and related information.


Caroline Joyce, Administrative Assistant

  • Phone: 247-1900, extension 326

  • Fax: 247-3765

Philip Hervey, AICP, Director of Planning, Building & Resiliency

Debra Page-Trim, Economic Development Officer and Spencer Trust Administrator 

  • Phone: 247-1900, extension 365

  • Fax: 247-3765

Kim Jacobs, Consulting Resiliency Planner

  • Phone: 247-1900, extension 283

  • Fax: 247-3765

Office Location
  •  Location: Mezzanine, Barrington Town Hall, 283 County Road.


Town of Barrington

283 County Road

Barrington, RI 02806-2406

Town Hall Hours:

8:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Monday

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday

8:30 a.m.-NOON Friday

Phone: (401) 247-1900

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